It's about the surge in the construction of sustainable schools--and the hold up in building more. The financial statistics are mind blowing: The savings in energy alone would total $100,000 per school per year. Multiply that by the number of schools in the US and your mouth will drop at how much money we are wasting when there are so many books to be bought, teachers to be hired, and test scores to be raised. Then factor in how green schools would improve the general health of students and teachers(think asthma rates, sickness from mold and exposure to insulation), and it becomes clear how necessary and exciting this movement is. The good news is that many fabulous architects (and schools) have jumped on the bandwagon to further the cause. In my article, I focus mainly on Boora Architects in Portland and the Cuningham Group in Minnesota, but there are countless others who are helping build an evironmentally and peope-friendly future for American education.
In fact, Treehugger published a great article on ARC's new sustainable modular classrooms --an important addition to sustainable design, especially for school districts that are growing out of their buildings too quickly for new construction. No more moldy portables with rain leaking through the ceiling and onto your history textbook!